In today’s globalized world, Christians have an ever-increasing opportunity to share the Gospel among the nations, either abroad or here at home. While the Gospel does not change, how it is perceived through the lens of culture can affect understanding.

Concordia Seminary’s 2019 Multiethnic Symposium seeks to raise the awareness that many people that the Church is trying to reach with the Gospel come from an honor-shame culture, even here in North America. Unlike the individualism of most westerners, an honor-shame culture stresses the well-being and value of the group. Honor-shame culture is prevalent among those from a non-western world, or the “majority world.” Even young adults in America who value authenticity and connection are becoming more shame-based.

So what does this mean for sharing the Gospel? How can we reach a diverse population right here in North America? In this symposium, discover how the Gospel is a powerful witness for people from an honor-shame cultural point of view.

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2019
Thursday, April 25th
9:00 AM

Welcome

Dale Meyer, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Kou Seying, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

9:15 AM

Introduction

Joel Elowsky, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Kou Seying, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Joel Elwosky, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Vicki Biggs, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
David Fiala, LCMS Office of International Mission

9:15 AM - 9:35 AM

10:00 AM

The Message of the Gospel in the Cultural Distinctive Shame and Honor

Abjar Bahkou, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Kou Seying, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Joel Elwosky, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Vicki Biggs, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

10:00 AM - 10:55 AM

11:15 AM

Viewing the Honor-Shame Dynamic from the Confessions and Scripture

Don Wiley, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Kou Seying, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Douglas Rutt, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Ben Haupt, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

1:45 PM

The Universal Signficance of Jesus in the Gospel of John

Carlos Sosa Siliezar, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
Kou Seying, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Leopoldo Sanchez, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Bruce Schuchard, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

1:45 PM - 2:50 PM

3:30 PM

Discussion of the Message of the Gospel in the Cultural Distinctive Shame and Honor

Abjar Bahkou Bahkou, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Honor, Shame, Status and Stigma in the Context of the Church in the U.S

Eric Moeller, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Kou Seying, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Matthew Both, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Friday, April 26th
11:30 AM

Affirming a Multiethnic Church - Stories from the Field

Germán Novelli Jr., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Kou Seying, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Paul Seveking, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Galen Gritts, Lutheran Indian Ministries
Douglas Rutt, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM